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New Canon Printers for older machines from Castle Technology

Castle announces today a that they have a small quantity of the Canon IP4000 high speed colour bubble jet printers available for sale. In addition to a modern USB connector, the IP4000 also has a parallel port making them ideal for older Acorn computers as well as IYONIX pcs.

These brand new IP4000 printers come with:

  • Parallel data cable.
  • USB data cable.
  • RISC OS printer driver.
  • Castle's 'pop-up !Printers' application.

Detailed IP4000 features are available on line at

The Canon IP4000 is available at £149 including VAT. Orders can be placed online on line or by contacting Castle Technology Ltd on 0870 3834543 (Overseas tel: +44 1223 503464). Or by going to the website at


Archive Publications release more booklets

Another three Archive Compilation Booklets are now available directly from Archive Publications:

Book 8 - VirtualRiscPC in Use (Volume 2)
The whole series of articles from Archive about using VirtualRiscPC written by the prolific T.O.M.S. team are now available in two booklets, this being the second.

Book 9 Ovation Pro
15 articles plus seven years' worth of hints and tips about using Ovation Pro.

Book 10 The Engineer and Friends
21 articles by The Engineer (a.k.a. Ray Maidstone) about hardware matters, plus a range of hardware hints and tips.

Booklets cost £5 each from Archive Publications on 01603-722544. Or via the website at


RiscPC expansion price contraction

As a major developer of hardware upgrades for RISC OS computers, Stuart Tyrrell Developments are aware of the huge number of older machines which are still in everyday use.

Although RISC OS has come a long way since the launch of the RiscPC, with advances like RISC OS Adjust, Iyonix and the new A9home the unique design of the RPC is a classic, and enables them to be upgraded in ways never envisaged via expansion cards such as our Unipod.

Why not treat yourself and your long serving machine to a nice shiny new upgrade from STD, either to increase the performance of your RiscPC, or to add further functionality and usefulness? Especially when, with the STD Winter Sale, you can do just that for less!

We have selected a range of our most popular RiscPC upgrades to include in the sale, these are detailed below. More complete descriptions of all of our products may be found on our website at

Fully Enabled Unipod : Normally 139.00, sale price 125.00
Our popular Unipod offers 32-bit Networking, IDE and USB in a single expansion card.

NET100 : Normally 89.00, sale price 75.00
Provides 100BaseT networking via 16-bit NIC slot, slower than, but otherwise the same technology as the Unipod.

IDE Card: Normally 50.00, sale price 35.00
A compact expansion card giving 2 IDE ports (4 devices).

PS2MouseMini: Normally 20.00, sale offer - add a 3-button PS/2 mouse to your order for free.
Our massively-selling mouse interface enables the use of PC-style mice, trackballs etc.

Keyboard controlled switch: sale offer - add a PS2MouseMini or a 3-button PS/2 mouse to your order for free.
2 way: £89.00, 4 way: £129.00. Acclaimed robust complete keyboard/mouse/monitor switch modified to be safe for the RiscPC.

The Winter Sale also extends to many of our networking packs, where a NET100 may be replaced with a fully unlocked Unipod at no extra cost - see for more details. Sale items are offered for one month from today - ending on 13th Feb, while stocks last, not valid with any other offer. All prices include VAT and UK carriage.


Starring BASIC and Dr Wimps Surgery

The RISCOS specific charity-books "Starting Basic" and "Dr Wimp's Surgery" have each sold nearly 300 copies and generated almost 3000-00 for charity... and the good news is that they are still in print and available. Each is A5 ring-bound and over 300 pages.

"Starting Basic" assumes no programming knowledge at all.

"Dr Wimp's Surgery" assumes a reasonable knowledge of Basic and, although primarily focussed on how to use the freeware Dr Wimp package, it is a good introduction and reference book for any Wimp-programming in Basic (indeed, a commercial Wimp-programming package recommended the book for its users).

Current price for each is 17-00 including P&P plus discs and all profit goes to charity (currently about 3-50 per book).

If you have a first edition of "Dr Wimp's Surgery" you may wish to know that it was completely revised and updated in 2003: it is based on a Dr Wimp version much closer to the current version. As a special offer, owners of the first edition can buy the new edition at 15-00 without the discs (the disc material is available for download on my web-site).

Sterling cheques to me at:

Ray Favre
26 West Drayton Park Avenue
West Drayton

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